Monday, June 11, 2012

Wacky Ingredients, With Delicious Results!

I found this recipe on the Internet and its a real gem! The ingredients sound wacky but they become a delicious, dark, rich, earthy, smokey, slightly sweet but savory gravy! You'll want to lick the dish clean, like I did! The ingredients are all the things you probably have in your fridge right now!
This recipe is by a cook known as Divalicious, from The photo is my own.

Wacky But Amazing Pork Chops in Gravy

6 bone-in pork chops
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
12 oz. package egg noodles - cooked to package directions

5 Tbls. ketchup
5 Tbls. grape jelly
3 Tbls. lite soy sauce
3 Tbls. yellow mustard
2 Tbls. worcestershire sauce
3 large cloves garlic-crushed
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dry red wine - not cooking wine
3 Tbls. olive oil to fry chops
3 Tbls. butter to fry chops

Place the flour, 1/4 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper into a freezer bag. Shake well to combine. Set aside.
Sprinkle both sides of each pork chop with some salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a medium size bowl combine the ketchup, grape jelly, lite soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, thyme, pepper and water. Mix til well blended. Don't worry if the jelly is lumpy. That will melt during cooking. Set aside.

Place pork chops in the freezer bag with the seasoned flour. Coat the pork chops well with the flour mixture.

Heat a very large skillet on med/high. Add 1/2 the olive oil and 1/2 the butter. When hot add 3 pork chops. Do not move them in the pan for about 5 minutes. This will give them a good sear. Then turn them and cook another 3 minutes.

Remove pork chops and place in a large casserole dish.

Repeat the frying process with the last three pork chops. And also place them in the casserole dish with the other pork chops.

Lower the heat to med/low and deglaze the skillet with the wine. Then add all the sauce mixture to the skillet, stirring well for about 3 minutes til jelly melts and the sauce is heated through.

Pour this mixture over the pork chops and bake covered at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours.

Serve over cooked egg noodles.

And this next wacky recipe was such a yummy surprize! I found this recipe on a cooking site, posted by a member named Helene P. I tried this recipe and loved it! Its made with simple ingredients. The wacky part is that it contains white vinegar and no milk or eggs...but don't let that scare you because this is one of the best chocolate cakes I ever tasted! Its moist and fluffy!
 This is my photo!
Wacky Depression Era Chocolate Cake
Wacky Depression Era Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda...not baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup water
2/3 cup corn oil
1 Tbls. white vinegar - or apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

8 oz. chocolate chips
4 Tbls. non dairy creamer (liquid) I used coffeemate french vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients together
Then add in all wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
Pour into a greased and floured 9" cake pan.
Bake on middle rack for about 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Heat the chocolate chips and non dairy creamer in a saucepan on med/low heat, stirring until melted and smooth.

Flip the cooled cake, upside down, onto a platter.
Pour the warm ganache over the cake.
Serve chilled.

NOTE...This recipe makes a single cake. To make a layered cake, double the recipe and pour into 2 seperate 9" baking pans. You will need to double the ganache also.




  1. That cake looks so good I think I will be putting that on my to do list. yummy!

    1. Hi Joan! Thanks! I know you'll love it as much as I do! =)

  2. They both look delicious, that gravy reminds me of some sweetish meatball sauce my neighbor made, and it was awesome!!

    1. Thanks Lynn! I actually tried this using meatballs instead of pork chops and LOVED it! So you can definitely use this both ways!

  3. I made these from your recipe on JAP & we loved them Lillian! The pork chops!

    1. Thank you so much for mentioning it here also! This was a very popular recipe on the Just a Pinch cooking site! I'm so glad you loved it! =)

  4. Why dont you make your recipe Print friendly , waste to much paper

    1. I do have a 'print friendly' button on my left side bar. Or you could cut & paste the recipe and put it in a Word document. Then print it from there. Or cut & paste and email the recipe to yourself and print it from your email. I hope that helps. =D

  5. I dont think 11 pages are print friendly Alot of blank sheets come through. Other print friendly is recipe only

    1. I'm so sorry! I don't know why the 'Print Friendly' button doesn't work! What I do is just cut & paste the recipe when there's no other way! Thank you for mentioning it that it's not working. I'll remove that button. =)

    2. Okay, I just installed a new 'Print Friendly' button. I checked it and its working perfectly. I hope this helps! =D


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